Amaretto Peach Tart

Amaretto Peach Tart

Amaretto Peach Tart Makes 6 servings 1 sheet frozen puff pastry 2 medium ripe peaches, peeled, pitted and thinly sliced 2 tablespoon light brown sugar, packed 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon Amaretto 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon fresh nutmeg Pinch kosher salt 1 egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon water for and eggwash 2 […]

A Generous Confidence

A Generous Confidence

I have been tasked by my editor, Barbara, to dig into my heroine’s emotions and pull out how she reacts during those moments when she’s alone with her thoughts. The exercise is designed to make her more real so readers can connect with her on a deeper level.  I wrote her to be a strong […]

Toasted Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Toasted Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Toasted Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Makes about 2 1/2 dozen cookies These classic cookies are slightly crisp around the edges and chewy in the middle. Toasting the oats gives them a nuttier flavor. 3 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats 1 cup raisins 1 3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon […]

Don’t Pick At It

Don’t Pick At It

This week I celebrated my fifteenth wedding anniversary, and I can honestly say that I love my husband more today than I did when I married him. I loved him then, but the depth of love I have for him could only come with time and life experiences. Our vows have been tested and honored […]

Grilled Chicken Pasta Salad with Peaches and Balsamic Vinaigrette

Grilled Chicken Pasta Salad with Peaches and Balsamic Vinaigrette

Grilled Chicken Pasta Salad with Peaches and Balsamic Vinaigrette Makes 8 servings Vinaigrette 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar 1/4 cup dark brown sugar 2 garlic cloves 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper 1 1/2 cups canola oil Salad 4 (6-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breast, butterfly cut Kosher salt Coarse-ground black pepper 1 […]

What? You don’t like my story?

What? You don’t like my story?

When I finished the first revision of my manuscript, I gave a copy to ten people to read and to let me know what they thought of my story.  It still needed work, but I wanted to see if I was going in the right direction since I’d spent so much time writing it, then […]

Blog Hop

Blog Hop

I’ve been asked by my friend Robin Pearson to participate in a blog hop to discuss my writing process by answering four questions. I’m a writing newbie who still has a lot to learn, and I appreciate this opportunity to connect with other writers who’ve been at this for a while. 1. What am I […]

Welcome to my new website!

Welcome to my new website!

Thanks for visiting my site. I’ve been working towards this day for several weeks. Now that I’ve embraced a new direction for my life I needed a website that reflected that. Previously, I focused my blog on food and how a certain recipe related to an event in my life. My new blog will still […]

Mojito

Mojito

To kick off this year’s cocktail season, I decided to go with a popular, hip drink that I rarely order. The mojito. For years, I’ve tried to get into this cocktail since it’s been all the rage on television and in the movies. But there was just something off-putting about the mojito that I couldn’t […]

Roasted Tomato and Bacon Cobbler

Roasted Tomato and Bacon Cobbler

It’s official. I am the new Queen of Cornbread.  It’s truly an honor to wear the coveted cast iron skillet crown and represent the people of the great state of North Carolina. I’ve been in several cooking competitions over the years,  and by far my favorite is the National Cornbread Cook-Off held in South Pittsburg, […]